Implant Sciences’ explosive trace detection system clears a key TSA testing hurdle
Implant Sciences Corp., a high technology supplier of systems and sensors for homeland security and defense markets, announced on July 9 that its QS-B220 desktop explosives trace detection system has successfully completed Independent Testing and Evaluation (IT&E) by TSA. The device still has several more hurdles to clear before it can be added to TSA’s approved product list for use in passenger screening.
The QS-B220 passed TSA's detection portion of qualification testing for checkpoint screening and is now testing at the TSA Systems Integration Facility (TSIF). “The ITE is the long pole in the tent for the overall approval,” said Glenn Bolduc, Implant Sciences' president and CEO, during a telephone interview with Government Security News. “We believe this is the big test.”
"TSA checkpoint qualification is ranked amongst the most stringent explosives trace detection qualifications around the world," said Glenn Bolduc, Implant Sciences' president and CEO. “Completion of this phase of the qualification process is the single greatest achievement in this company's history. This marks us as the only company to have ever passed IT&E for the ETD checkpoint qualification using IMS with a non-radioactive source. We are extremely proud of our team's effort, dedication, and efficient execution."
Bolduc told GSN he hopes that this device will have passed all of TSA’s required tests by the end of 2013. If and when TSA approves the Implant Sciences device for use in passenger screening, it could open a huge domestic market for the company, said Bolduc. “It’s in the hundreds of millions of dollars,” he estimated.
"Our Company has built a product that truly deserves to be called the new standard in trace detection," added Darryl Jones, vice president of sales and marketing at the company. "Our progress in this qualification means we are one step closer towards participating in future tenders for the Department of Homeland Security. Furthermore, it also positions us to participate in procurements and tenders globally that look to this qualification as a prerequisite."
The Quantum Sniffer QS-B220 uses Ion Mobility Spectrometry (IMS) to rapidly detect and identify trace amounts of a wide variety of military, commercial and homemade explosives. With significantly lower maintenance requirements than competing systems, the QS-B220 can be deployed for a much lower total cost of ownership than other approved products, said the company in a news release.
Featuring a radioactive material-free design, push-button maintenance and diagnostics, and a patented inCal internal automatic calibration system, the QS-B220 brings new levels of performance and convenience to desktop trace detection users with unsurpassed ease of use, the news release adds.